Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Telegram Update 4.0 Adds Video Messages, Bot Payments & More

Telegram Update 4.0 Adds Video Messages, Bot Payments & More

Alternatively, users are able to start recording a video message by swiping the camera icon and the same functionality now also works for recording voice messages with the mic shortcut. "Instant View allows Telegram users to view articles from around the Web in a consistent way, with zero loading time". The feature works similarly to voice messages, except for the fact that it's activated by holding the camera icon instead of the mic shortcut.

Additionally, Telegram today is introducing, a new service that allows anyone to view video messages from public Telegram channels. This news is now available on Google Play and you can download it, it is not a beta. "The bot uses these instructions to create a slim and lovely Instant View representation of the source page", explains the team. It's described as "a dedicated video hosting platform for those who use videos to communicate with their audiences".

Video messages and the hosted Telescope videos are capped at a duration of 1 minute, at least as far as I know now.

The feature is also being extended to channels, Telegram's broadcasting feature that lets individuals create groups for one-way communication.

The year 2017 is marked to ride high on artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital assistants, and bots. Like its build number suggests, the new update for Telegram is a relatively major one and ships with a number of new features that should ennoble the user experience of the app in a significant way. For example, you can order goods from merchant bots and pay for the purchase directly through the app.

"When ready, users can enter their credit card info or choose one of their saved cards - and pay for the product".

Instant View, think of it as Telegram's Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) or Facebook Instant Articles, is also live for every developer and publisher to tinker with and implement on their sites.

Among the supported systems for payment - Apple Pay, Android Pay, Yandex. With Instant View, Telegram users can enjoy articles from any mass media or blogs in a uniform and easily readable way. With Telegram v4.0, anyone will be able to create their own templates for websites.

The latest news that Telegram brings us is that of quick views.

Long tap when viewing an Instant View page to quickly copy or share the selected paragraph with friends.

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